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17 Jan 2011
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ENG210 Sept 24
The Royal Society Science takes on a professional authority
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Banned metaphor
Possibly to discipline language to represent the real
Defoe was a reporter who weighed in on the issues of the day
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Wrote for people who wanted to read about themselves
Meaning of secular changes as science takes precedence
Secular world is material and the relations between people are not based on
religious sanctions, but on other things
Secularism sets stage for Crusoe as a new kind of hero
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Primarily determined by his resourcefulness: an economic hero
His conversion is a deliverance from sin
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Freedom from guilt liberates him to become an absolute part of this world
Crusoe is free to do whatever he has to do to survive
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He has no relationships beyond the economic
Everything is a commodity
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Measured in some kind of economic reality
The self is capable of making decisions
Up until the appearance of a footstep, Crusoe was in a would-be paradise
Threat to economic monopoly of the island
Surplus is capitalism
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He wants to keep two or three years worth of food in reserve
Moved from living in a tree to capitalism
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